Lord Ashdown speaks out on Afghanistan

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  1. From Times Online
    September 5, 2009
    Lord Ashdown speaks out on Afghanistan

    Robin Henry

    Britain could be facing an unwinnable war in Afghanistan, according to Liberal Democrat peer Paddy Ashdown.

    Lord Ashdown claimed the government has made “catastrophic errors” and questioned whether the war is still winnable as a result, in an interview today.

    He attacked Gordon Brown’ for failing to clarify the UK’s objectives in the country and said the prime minister's speech defending the campaign yesterday lacked “passion and charisma”.

    Lord Ashdown, whose nomination as the international community’s envoy in Afghanistan in 2008 was blocked by the Afghan government, warned Britain may now have to brace itself for defeat.